Bippy Diapers sells cloth diapers, accessories and Moby Wraps, and they sent me a GroVia AI2 in blackberry to review. I’ve been curious about GroVia (love GroVia wipes) but haven’t had a chance to try one until now.
GroVia diapers come in snap or aplix closures. The aplix closure diapers have tuck under laundry tabs. I did find them a little tough because the loop to tuck under is made of the same soft, but grabby material as the front of the diaper, so they wanted to grab on!
The GroVia pack I received (includes a shell and insert) is being discontinued. In the future you will have to buy the shell and insert separately, but Bippy Diapers still has the sets in stock while they last! Bippy Diapers sells the sets for $20.95, or shells alone for $16.95.
The GroVia shell is waterproof and the organic cotton soaker is backed with TPU as well. The soaker also has its own elastic, for an additional defense against blowouts. If the shell is clean, you can re-use it by snapping in a new soaker. If it’s damp, let it air dry between uses. If it’s soiled or very wet, you will of course need to wash it!
The GroVia is one-size via a snap down rise, and is estimated to fit babies from 8-35 pounds.
You don’t have to worry about a Velcro strip rubbing baby’s belly because there isn’t one! The whole upper front of the diaper is soft fabric that the tabs will stick to.
The medium setting fit well on my 21ish pound little guy. Yes, I realize I have it closed crooked. Diapering this child is like trying to diaper an angry donkey sometimes! I actually really like Velcro closure diapers for this reason, I’m much faster with them than with snaps! Despite the uneven closure, I didn’t have any trouble with the fit or leaks!
Bippy Diapers sells other AI2s, plus AIOs, Pockets, Covers and accessories. Items new to the store include Bumgenius brights, GroVia prints and Moby Wraps. They offer free shipping on regular orders over $50, and flat $5 shipping on discounted orders, or orders under $50.
Giveaway: Bippy Diapers is offering one of my readers a GroVia set in their choice of boy, girl or gender neutral color (Bippy Diapers chooses the color.) ARV $20.95. Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below. I love your comments (leaving a comment is a good way to remind yourself you entered), but comments don’t count as entries! Mandatory entries include name, email address and what else you’d like to try from Bippy Diapers . You can receive a bonus entry if you “like” Bippy Diapers on Facebook .
I will accept entries until Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S.
# of entries received as of January 25th at 8:55 P.M.: 300
FTC compliance: Bippy Diapers sent the above product at no cost, for review purposes. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.
Sew Crafty Baby is an online cloth diaper and baby leg warmers store. I have a few favorite places to buy cloth diapers, and Sew Crafty Baby is a great one! They have both the big names as well as tons of harder to find brands. They have a kickback program to earn points for the money you spend, and they have an affiliate program. Don’t worry, none of the links in this post are affiliate links; I’m not an affiliate! I actually just discovered the program as I was writing this post! They even have a gift registry!
Best of all, shipping is always free! There’s always an option to pay a little bit extra to bump up to priority shipping, but I love being able to order anything I want without worrying about meeting a $50 (or $75 or $99) minimum for free shipping! Another neat feature is that the site will tell you how many of the item are in stock!
Sew Crafty Baby sent me a Kawaii One Size Pocket Diaper to review, and they’re sending one to one of my blog readers as well!
I’ve been asked about Kawaii quite a bit, and I was as curious as the rest of you. At $9.99 each, they seem too good to be true! I was surprised when I received it; it seems very nice, and reminds me of other big name o/s pocket diapers.
Here is is on the small setting, folded and stretched:
Medium setting, folded and stretched:
Large setting, folded and stretched:
My son is about 18.5 pounds and 30 inches, and fit in the medium setting with plenty of room to spare.
We didn’t have any fit or leaking issues; the diaper has help up wonderfully so far. The real test will be how it wears over time.
Sew Crafty Baby has competitive prices, excellent customer service, a wide selection and of course, the free shipping! They are in my top two stores to check when I’m looking to buy fluff! You can keep up with Sew Crafty Baby on Facebook or join the mailing list to stay up on new or restocked products, sales and more.
Giveaway: Sew Crafty Baby is offering a Kawaii Heavy Duty Pocket Diaper in the winner’s choice of color. Here’s how to enter: Complete the form below. Please feel free to leave a comment, but comments left do not count as entries. Mandatory fields are name, email address and what else you like from Sew Crafty Baby’s Store . They have a lot! You may opt for a bonus entry if you are a current or new “liker” of Sew Crafty Baby on Facebook . This post will be updated daily (or so) with the # of entries received, for those of you who like to know your odds. I will accept entries until Thursday, October 21st 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
FTC Compliance: I received the pictured diaper at no cost for the purposes of review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links within this post.
NAP, inc. makes both the Sleepy Wrap and the Boba Baby Carrier. The Sleepy Wrap was a lifesaver for us. I love it so much that if I could marry it, I totally would. So logically, when I was looking for a soft structured carrier, I looked at Boba. The Boba is designed for babies 15-45 pounds; if you have a smaller baby, you will love the Sleepy Wrap!
My post in October on The Village of Moms is on Babywearing, so look for that to read more about the Sleepy Wrap and why I love it, along with photos and video of it!
I received the Organic Carrier in Aspen (retail $118), which is a nice, neutral color. The box it came in is really nice, I felt like I was opening a present!! It also came with a helpful instructional booklet, though you can also get information on their website. Boba recently released the Classic Carrier Collection. It is the same great carrier in fabulous colors, but comes with a lower price tag of $100 to go along with the non-organic cotton.
The Boba has a wide, padded waist band, and thick, cushy shoulder straps.
The sleeping hood attaches to the shoulder straps to support a snoozing baby’s head. It’s completely removable and tucks away neatly when not in use.
Unique to the Boba are the fully adjustable (and removable) foot straps, that provide proper leg support for older children (usually age 2 or so) and hold their knees up at hip level. They also slide along the waist band so you can get them perfectly adjusted for your little one.
Measurements above show: (clockwise, left to right) carrier height, carrier width, waist band height, strap width.
The Boba is highly adjustable, and will fit a wide range of sizes. The adjustments are sturdy straps that come with the excess neatly folded up. Aside from the foot strap and hood adjustments, you can adjust the waist, chest/back clip, move the chest/back clip up and down, and there are two adjustments for the shoulder straps themselves (seen above).
Below is a quick video demonstrating all of the adjustments on the Boba. I did this video when I first received the carrier. It becomes easier over time to adjust the straps, and I’d recommend sliding each one back & forth many times when you first receive it, before trying to adjust it while wearing it.
The carrier was a little intimidating at first with all the straps, but it was so easy to put on!
I did most of these photos and videos with my camera on a tripod while my husband was watching my son, so I had to recruit a model to help me out! Obviously, he is a little smaller than the minimum 15 pound baby the Boba recommends.
Clip the waist belt and adjust the strap.
In the pictures above, I had one strap on my shoulder before I picked Manny Bear up. Normally, I could pick up my son and hold him against my belly. Supporting his bottom with one hand, pull one shoulder strap up. Switch hands, supporting his bottom with the other hand, and putting the other shoulder strap on.
Fasten the chest/back clip and tighten. I had a little trouble tightening the back clip, and with NAP Inc.’s help I discovered it was easier to tighten this all the way before putting the carrier on, and tightening the shoulder straps instead. I am far more petite than the average petite person (I measured my shoulder width at about 15″) so I need most adjustments all the way tightened to feel secure.
Below is a quick video showing me putting the carrier on:
I will admit that it took quite a bit of playing around to get the fit just right, but once I did, it was wonderful. I didn’t know about all these awesome babywearing products when my daughter was small, so my babywearing experience with her was limited to the baby bjorn. Not only is the front facing carrier not recommended for several reasons, but it put so much strain on my shoulders that I couldn’t carry her for more than a few minutes, even when she was tiny.
One of the most important things about the Boba (to me) is that my son is sitting the same way he would be if I were holding him. His legs are held in a natural position.
My husband is more average sized, and the carrier fits wonderfully on him as well.
My husband also tried him on his back, but it was about bedtime and my son was not happy that I was taking pictures of him instead of holding him! We’re happy with the front carry right now with my son’s size and development, but the fact that we can use it in a back carry is great!
In conclusion, we LOVE the Boba Baby Carrier! My son is so happy when he is in it, and it’s very comfortable. I was sad when he seemed to be getting too big for the Sleepy Wrap, but now I can grocery shop, vacuum and do everything else I need to do in complete comfort. Woo-hoo!
Discount: Use coupon code Boba10 to get 10% off any Boba Baby Carrier.
FTC Compliance: I received the above product at no cost in order to review it. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. I was not requested or required to write a positive review.
The diaper EcoMom sent me is an organic hemp fleece fitted diaper by Play All Day.
The body of the diaper has 3 layers of organic hemp fleece, while the soaker has two. Edges are all serged.
Like other hemp/organic cotton products, it needed to be washed and dried 3 times on hot before use, to remove the natural oils. It will continue to gain absorbency through 8-9 washes.
The first time I tried the diaper on my son, I didn’t double the soaker, and used it coverless.
We have used the diaper several times already. The first time, he “christened” it quickly, as he always does with new diapers. The second time, we got about an hour and a half out of it coverless, before I noticed some dampness on the outside in the wet zone.
Hemp is excellent in a diaper, since it is very absorbent, without being bulky! The MSRP of the size medium is $17.50.
EcoMom is offering one reader a $15 gift certificate. Use it on a diaper, or anything you like from their store! This is open to the U.S. and Canada! All of my readers may enter discount code SBBL287 at checkout and receive 15% off of your order through 8/31/10! Here’s how to enter: You may do any or all of the below. Leave a separate comment for each entry. Be sure to leave your email address in at least one comment if it isn’t visible in your profile. If you are using the anonymous comment option, please leave it in all comments. You may use the format email at host dot com if you like. 1. Visit EcoMom and leave me a relevant comment such as: What product would you like to see them carry that they don’t already? What product do they carry that you would like to see me review? What would you buy with your $15 gift certificate if you win? 2. Follow this blog 3. “Like” me on Facebook 4. “Like” EcoMom on Facebook 5. Follow me on Twitter 6. Follow EcoMom on Twitter 7. Tweet about this giveaway. One tweet per day please. You may use this if you like: @chgdiapers has a #giveaway for a $15 gc from @ecomomceo for #clothdiapers or other #organic products. Ends 8/10 http://bit.ly/beJKh9 8. Sign up for EcoMom’s Newsletter This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada. I will accept entries until Tuesday August 10th, 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern. I’ll select a winner with random.org’s true random number generator, and contact the winner by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner chosen. Winner’s email address will be shared with EcoMom, for prize fulfillment purposes only. Winner will be required to provide shipping address to EcoMom. Remember you can use discount code SBBL287 to get 15% off of your order until August 31, 2010!
EcoMom graciously provided me with the pictured diaper for review purposes, and will also provide the winner with a $15 gift certificate. I was not otherwise compensated, I was not requested or required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own!